Tuesday 24 October 2017

Woman dies after being hit by debris 'the size of a coffee table'

The scene in Wolverhampton city centre after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof. Photo: Matthew Cooper/PA
The scene in Wolverhampton city centre after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof. Photo: Matthew Cooper/PA

Dean Grey

Storm Doris claimed its first victim after a woman died when she was hit by a piece of roof "the size of a coffee table".

The pedestrian was confirmed dead at the scene in Wolverhampton city centre in Britain after suffering "very serious head injuries".

Starbucks has since said in a statement that the company was "shocked and saddened by the terrible incident", which happened outside its store.

Rebecca Davis, a 40-year-old teacher from Wolverhampton, said she saw a woman aged "between 20 and 30" receiving CPR after the incident outside Starbucks.

She said the woman appeared to have been hit by something resembling a piece of roof which had fallen off a building nearby, but was unsure where it had come from.

"I don't think anyone else was hurt. It was a big piece, about the size of a coffee table, but I think it just hit her," Ms Davis said.

West Midlands Police said officers were called to a "serious incident" in Dudley Street at around 11.50am and that it was "believed to be related to Storm Doris".

Meanwhile, a man in central London was taken to hospital with "head injuries" after Scotland Yard said it was called over reports of "debris falling from the roof of a building". The force said it was called to the scene in Victoria Street at about 3pm where the injured pedestrian was found by officers.

Irish Independent

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